Where to begin?
I have been staring at this blank screen for over an hour… and an hour of Isaac’s sleeping time is precious! So much is happening… so much needs to be said… the words are so crowded in my head that I’m not sure where to begin!
First comes first… Ryan is getting ready to leave for his deployment to Afghanistan. I can’t tell you when he leaves, I can’t tell you where he’s going, I won’t even be able to tell you once he’s gone. I’ll have to stay silent until he reaches his final destination. What I can say is that by the time you have all recovered from celebrating our country’s Independence day… I’ll be a very different kind of independent.
On top of that sometime in the end of July my mom and dad will be coming for a visit and Isaac and I will be heading back to Phoenix to stay for the duration. I had originally intended to only be there for the holidays but honestly, why stay in Del Rio? So we’re going home…
As you can imagine there is a lot to be done… there is a lot going on… there is a lot of stress and a lot of emotion…
As if this wasn’t all bad enough!
At 13:30 CST today Ryan got an email stating that we had been selected for a permanent change of station assignment. The only other information in that original email was that the selected location was Turkey.
And then information started to trickle in…
It was a short tour at Izmir Air Base on the Mediterranean Sea.
We would be expected to be there directly after Ryan returns from his deployment.
And then the big blow…
It is a one year unaccompanied tour.
That’s right folks… Ryan will return from Afghanistan… we’ll have a few weeks together to get everything in order and close out our life here in Del Rio, TX and then he will move to Turkey and we will move to Arizona. As it stands right now the Air Force will move us home for the duration.
So in a short amount of time Isaac and I will kiss Ryan goodbye and at the same time say goodbye to life as a family for roughly the next 21 months.
Because of Ryan’s career field we don’t qualify for your classic base of preference follow on. We owe an overseas tour and so will probably move overseas upon his return from Turkey. The next few years are going to be a CRAZY ride!
There are some very good aspects to this situation. The money is going to be amazing. It will literally change our lives and open up so many opportunities. The affect this will have on Ryan’s career is phenominal and will end up being worth the time apart… Ryan has to do a short tour during his career and if he has to leave us for a year Isaac is the right age for it now!
It is the best timing, the most logical choice, the best financial decision, the absolute best thing for our family…
It’s going to be HARD.
It’s going to take some time to process this… I might be absent a bit in coming days as we prepare to say goodbye as a family… We’re going to be fine… we’ll come through this stronger than ever… it’s what we do… it’s what we signed up for… this is our life…
They are asking nothing less of us than we have already volunteered to give.
Pray for us?